BC Bear Facts

WEEKLY EDITION - May 11th - May 15th

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE: Distance Learning - Week Five!

Hello Boulder Creek Families,


Below you will find a great deal of new information pertaining to the remainder of this school year as well as registration in 2020-2021. I encourage to read through and make notes of that which is important to you.


I am also very excited to share a new Boulder Creek project/tradition with you that we hope will last for years to come! We would like to dedicate the beginning of this tradition, our Only One You - Make the World a Better Place Rock Garden, to our graduating Class of 2020. Our 8th graders have found themselves members of a unique group of graduates in history. We hope they will all choose to participate in our project over the next few weeks and leave their inspirational mark on the Boulder Creek Community for years to come.


I hope your child enjoys the re-aloud. The book has so many wonderful messages whether you are very young, a pre-teen, or even an adult. The colorful little fish throughout the book even look like little painted rocks and serves as both literal and figurative inspiration for students' expression on their own painted rock they can add to our garden under the flagpole in the front of the school. Please see the full description of this at-home, optional project below. We are excited to see our space come alive with color!


As always, please feel free to reach out to any of our staff members through e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.


All my best,


Tina Croes

MRS. CROES RE-ALOUD - "Only One You" by Linda Kranz. This book inspires our kick-off to a SCHOOLWIDE PROJECT.

A Special Dedication to the 8th Grade Class of 2020

Mrs. Croes Read-Aloud - Only One You (1)

ADD A PAINTED ROCK TO BOULDER CREEK'S ROCK GARDEN!

We are looking for all Kindergarten through 8th-grade students who want to leave their mark at Boulder Creek for years and even decades to come. Express yourselves through art by painting a rock to be placed in the Boulder Creek "Only One You" Rock Garden inspired by Only One You by Linda Kranz. The garden will grow underneath the flag pole to help add to the feeling of community in front of our school. This is an optional art project we would love all to join in on from home.


Since the rocks will be outside in the weather, it is best to use materials that are made for the outdoors if possible. Here are some items we researched and used on our own projects:


Rock - Start with a 2-3 inch smooth rock. A very porous rock soaks up a lot of paint. We will have some great painting rocks available to you if your child needs one. You may take one (one per student) from Boulder Creek on library book return dates and times. Rocks will be placed near the book return. Please look at them and touch only the one you take, and practice social distancing. Thank you.


Paint - Indoor/Outdoor Acrylic paint lasts the longest on rocks. The following are paints we found at Michael's (ordered online and picked up at curbside): DecoArt Arcylic Patio Paint - outdoor and Craft Smart Outdoor Acrylic Paint. A little goes a long way, although you may need a few coats. But be sure to look for "outdoor" on the bottle.


Paint Brushes - small sizes are nice for the details


Sealer - This is a clear coat applied to your rock once the paint has had a few days to dry. This is optional but will help the colors stay vibrant and protected in the sun, heat, and cold. This article is great for helping to select a sealer as well as providing other tips about rock painting.


Drop your completed rock off at Boulder Creek anytime. Make sure it is completely dry of course. Just place your rock under the gate near the flagpole or by the office door. We will come by every few days, make sure the rocks are sealed, and place them in the rock garden.

We hope you join us in this school community project!

WILL YOUR CHILD BE RETURNING TO BOULDER CREEK IN 2020-2021?

If your child will NOT be returning to Boulder Creek for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact our Student Services Clerk, Shelby Price, as soon as possible at sprice@eesd.net or leave a message on our office phone, 224-4140.

EESD School Closure Update - May 10, 2020

Enterprise Elementary School Closure Update, May 10th

POWER SCHOOL PARENT PORTAL

By now, you should have received a letter from the district office about creating an account in the PowerSchool parent portal. The letter contains a unique username and password for each of your students, so you will want to hang onto it until you set up your account. Why do you need to create a parent account? This is a secure platform through which you will receive your child’s report card. This will also allow you to register any new students or transfer students to another one of our district schools. You do not need to re-register your student if they are returning to the same school next year. You will use this account to fill out an electronic emergency card when the new school year begins. In the future, this is also how state testing results will be communicated. We have created how-to videos for you on our website, and you can always email help@eesd.net or call your school if you need further assistance.

IMPORTANT DATES

This section to be updated as information becomes available.

RETURN OF LIBRARY BOOKS AND BOOKS BORROWED FROM THE CLASSROOM (No new checkouts will take place for the remainder of the year.) - Thursday, May 14th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Place library books in the cart in front of Boulder Creek.


RETURN OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - Thursday from 11:00 - 2:00 in front of the school


PICK-UP DATES FOR STUDENTS' PERSONAL BELONGINGS...SPRING PICTURES (if ordered)...8TH GRADE GRADUATION GOWN...2020-21 INCOMING KINDERGARTEN SUMMER PACKET

2nd Grade: Thursday, May 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the bus loop

3rd Grade: Friday, May 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the front of the school

All Grades (including preschool): Tuesday, May 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in front of the school


STUDENT ASSESSMENT WINDOW (see the EESD School Closure Update video above)

Reading (assigned by teacher) - May 18th - 22nd

STAR Reading (optional if assigned by teacher) - May 13th - May 29th

Math (assigned by teacher) - May 26th - 29th


8TH GRADE GRADUATION - Tuesday, June 2nd, time to be determined

2020-2021 KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENTS - August 2020, more information to follow

YEARBOOK PICK-UP - To be determined by Lifetouch

GRADE-LEVEL LAUNCH LINKS

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IMPORTANT LINKS

  • help@eesd.net: for Chromebook questions (including how to get a device); technology troubleshooting as directed by your child's teacher
  • eesd.net: for online resources and other district information
  • bouldercreek.eesd.net: for weekly newsletters and other information

STRUGGLING ACCESSING YOUR CHILD'S CURRICULUM?

Having issues accessing your child's curriculum? Are things not going as smoothly as you would like? Try making sure your child is logged into your device's Chrome Browser. Once your child is logged into Chrome using their district assigned email and password, all of their curriculum and online programs will work more smoothly. For directions on how to do this, CLICK HERE to view this how-to video.

HAVING INTERNET ISSUES?

Another issue we have coming into the helpline from families is internet connections. From the screenshots our technology department is seeing, people are telling us our Chromebooks are broken. But in reality, the Chromebook is just not connected to their home network. As soon as they bring the device onto one of our school grounds, it works immediately. Just a reminder to our families that the internet is faster on our EESD school campuses. All families are welcome to take your classroom on the road and sit in the parking lot of any of our school sites and use our school network!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Q: Is my middle school child supposed to be receiving grades in PowerGrade/PowerSchool right now?


A: Middle School teachers will continue to maintain their Power School grade books, mostly as they have in the past. Most teachers have resumed including grades for missing work, as this is how many parents have expressed they learn how much their child has been participating. Participation in distance learning will look different on the final report card, however, familiar communication about assignments in PowerSchool is what has been requested by many parents.


If you have any concerns about your child(s) grades, please feel free to contact the teacher(s) directly. They will be happy to assist you.


Q: Will new Kindergarten assessments still take place in May as planned?


A: Due to the current public health and safety restrictions, face to face Kindergarten assessments scheduled for May 2020 will not take place at that time. We will make another attempt to schedule these assessments in early August. Pre-Kindergarten summer packets will be available for pick-up for all 2020-2021 TK and Kindergarten students to work on Kindergarten readiness skills over the summer. Thank you for your patience.


Q: When will I be able to retrieve personal items my child has left in his/her desk at school?


A: Tuesday, May 19th from 9:00-3:00 curbside in the front parking lot


Q: Will there be a 2020-2021 teacher request week?


A: There will be a teacher request week May 18th-22nd. Please watch the May 18th newsletter for directions about how to request and submit the digital teacher request form.


Q: My child would like to turn in their enrichment packet that was completed before Spring Break. We will be able to turn in this packet?


A: If your child feels they want to turn in their packet given to them during the first week of closure, they may do so during any of our Library Book Return Dates. Please leave in the marked box.


Q: Why am I receiving late notices for overdue library books when school is closed and I have no way to return books?


A: Our library system has a feature that automatically generates and sends overdue library notices. We turned off this feature for a while, but now that we have scheduled library book drop-off days we will turn it back on so students and parents have an awareness of the books that need to be returned.


Q: I ordered spring pictures. How and when will I receive them?


A: Spring pictures have arrived at Boulder Creek! If you ordered spring pictures, they will be available with any other personal items that your child left in his/her classroom on Tuesday, May 19th from 9:00-3:00.


Q: I ordered a yearbook. Will BC still have one for 2019-20?


A: The answer is yes. Lifetouch has communicated that if we do not return to school this school year, they will arrange for a late pick-up or they will mail the books directly to families who ordered one. The last day to order was April 19, 2020.